Earthquake in the Matanzas, Varadero area, Cuba - July 30, 2017

Update 09:48 UTC: Based on the present earthquake parameters (Magnitude, Depth, Population, etc) and our experience with earthquake damage impact, does not expect any serious damage from this earthquake because the epicenter is too far out of the coast and a too limited Magnitude

Update 09:47 UTC: Seismogram as recorded in a seismological station in Florida, USA

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Matanzas, Cuba, 31.7 km (19.7 mi) NPopulation: 146,733
Santa Cruz del Norte, Cuba,  35.7 km (22.2 mi) ENEPopulation: 18,402
Varadero, Cuba,  43.5 km (27.0 mi) WNWPopulation: 20,000

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 4.4

Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2017-07-29 23:41:32

GMT/UTC Time : 2017-07-30 03:41:32

Depth (Hypocenter) : 10 km

Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below.

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
EMSC Cuba Region Jul 30 03:41 4.4 10 MAP
  • Santa Marta - Moderate shaking
  • Varadero - Weak shaking
  • Veradero - Woke us from sleep with shaking but no damage seen.
  • Varadero - Una decina di secondi, passando dal sonno alla veglia in cui stando al 5' piano ha ballato un po' tutto dagli infissi agli oggetti, con il classico rumore sordoed il ticchettio delle strutture
  • Varadero - Shook a few items of a microwave stand only a second or two
  • Varadero - Horizontal Shaking, no damages.
  • Varaderi - Woke me from sleep
  • Varadero - Weak shaking
  • Varadero - Weak shaking
  • Varadero - LE temps de nous réveiller, De comprendre, De reagir, Mais bien secoué quand même 4,4 ça commence à être pas mal
  • Varadero - Durch Rütteln aufgewacht, keine Schäden.
  • Varadero - Durch Rütteln aufgewacht, keine Schäden.
  • Santa Marta - Appena addormentati scuotimento del letto per 5 secondi tanta preoccupazione ma niente danni visibili Santa Marta cuba 30/07 ore 24
  • SANTA martA - Few seconds of shaking, nothing damaged
  • Varadero - Nobody new what was happening. Very quick but noisy and shaking. I was in my family house and everybody running to the streets finding what was going on. Very Scary!
  • Varadero - Moi et mes enfants au lit dans une "casa particulare" pour nos vacances, tremblements de la maison, fort grondement venant d'un peu partout difficile de préciser une origine, 5 secondes je dirais. Rien de cassé dans la maison.
  • Varadero - Le tremblement de terre nous a réveillé, aucun dommage, juste un peu de peur à cause de l'océan. Nous étions en vacances.
  • Varadero - About five seconds of shaking. Several people on came to the street to discuss it.
  • Varadero - io ho percepito una scossa intensa ma di breve durata, non ci sono stati danni matriali
  • Varadero - Assez intense
  • Varadero - Ich bin aus dem Schlaf aufgewacht. Durch heftiges Ruetteln der Waende, als ob ein Schrank stark wackelt. Dabei war es die Wand die so ruettelte. Schaeden habe ich keine bemerkt.
  • Varadero - 2. Stock eines Hotelgebäudes, Dauer ca. 5 sec, vermutlich keine Schäden
  • Varadero - Wackelnde Pflanzschale im Barbereich vor dem italienischen Restaurant Sole mio. Spürbares wackeln der Stühle. Dauer 5 Sekunden
  • varadero hotel kawama - estabamos viendo la tele cuando sentimos un sonido hueco fuerte y el televisor y todo alrrededor se estremecio las paredes el piso pero sobre todo ese ruido hueco profundo como una explocion lejana , lo se identificar vengo de un pais en Guerra y esto lo he escuchado ya
  • Varadero - ca 20 sec
  • USGS Matanzas, Cuba Jul 30 03:41 4.4 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Varadero - Last night in the Melià Varadero Hotel resort. 3-4 seconds horizontal shaking. TV and wall mirror moved.
  • Varadero - Was in my room and the bed shook. I rang my kids in the room above us and they felt the same.
  • Santa Marta. Matanzas. Cuba. - Estaba sentado delante de la computadora cuando todo se estremecio y paresia que se caeria todo al piso.
  • Varadero - Light shaking
  • Varadero - leichtes Vibrieren des Balkongeländers
  • Varadero - Estábamos en el 7 piso de un hotel viendo la televisión en la cama y sentimos que se movía la cama y todo el edificio solo por unos segundos.
  • varadero - stevig houten bed schudde en werd van de grond getild.duur :tussen 5-10 seconden.In de avenida 1 en 2 werd De beving vergezeld door een enorm geluid/lawaai,net als of iets zwaars wordt overrompeld en er komt een gedonder op je af.Niet iedereen in Varadero voelde evenveel.Geen beschadiging in de huizen in de avenida 1 en 2.
  • varadero - duur tussen 5-10 seconden.Veel geschud en veel lawaai net alsof iets zwaars je overrompeld.Iets dat op je af komt.Geen schaed.Avenida 1 en 2 te Varadero erd het zeer goed gevoeld.Ik was er.
  • varadero - lawaai net alsog iets zwaars op je af komt en bij je is.DUUR TUSSEN 5-10 SECONDEN.BEVING voelbaar in huis in avenida 1 en 2,geen schade
  • Varadero - zuerst ein dumpfer Knall, dann eine Druckwelle, ein lautes Krachen im Gebäude (später aber keine Schäden entdeckt), dann ein kurzes Rütteln - alles zusammen nur wenige Sekunden - aber sehr beängstigend (vor allem auch die Angst vor einem Tsunami, da Varadero extrem flach ist): Viele Gäste haben noch in der Nacht das Hotel verlassen und sind abgereist.




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    MMI II (Very weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt by persons at rest, on upper floors or favorably placed.
    MMI III (Weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt indoors; hanging objects may swing, vibration similar to passing of light trucks, duration may be estimated, may not be recognized as an earthquake.
    MMI IV (Light shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally noticed indoors but not outside. Light sleepers may be awakened. Vibration may be likened to the passing of heavy traffic, or to the jolt of a heavy object falling or striking the building.
    Fittings :
    Doors and windows rattle. Glassware and crockery rattle. Liquids in open vessels may be slightly disturbed. Standing motorcars may rock.
    Structures :
    Walls and frames of buildings, and partitions and suspended ceilings in commercial buildings, may be heard to creak.
    MMI V (Moderate shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally felt outside, and by almost everyone indoors. Most sleepers awakened. A few people alarmed.
    Fittings :
    Small unstable objects are displaced or upset. Some glassware and crockery may be broken. Hanging pictures knock against the wall. Open doors may swing. Cupboard doors secured by magnetic catches may open. Pendulum clocks stop, start, or change rate.
    Structures :
    Some large display windows cracked. A few earthenware toilet fixtures cracked.
    MMI VI (Strong shaking) ?
    People Felt by all. People and animals alarmed. Many run outside. Difficulty experienced in walking steadily.
    Fittings :
    Objects fall from shelves. Pictures fall from walls. Some furniture moved on smooth floors, some unsecured free-standing fireplaces moved. Glassware and crockery broken. Very unstable furniture overturned. Small church and school bells ring. Appliances move on bench or table tops. Filing cabinets or "easy glide" drawers may open (or shut).
    Structures :
    Slight damage to buildings with low standard. Some stucco or cement plaster falls. Large display windows broken. Damage to a few weak domestic chimneys, some may fall.
    Environment :
    Trees and bushes shake, or are heard to rustle. Loose material may be dislodged from sloping ground, e.g. existing slides, talus slopes, shingle slides.
    MMI VII (Very strong shaking) ?
    General alarm. Difficulty experienced in standing. Noticed by motorcar drivers who may stop.
    Fittings :
    Large bells ring. Furniture moves on smooth floors, may move on carpeted floors. Substantial damage to fragile contents of buildings.
    Structures :
    Unreinforced stone and brick walls cracked. Low standard buildings cracked with some minor masonry falls. A few instances of damage to buildings of ordinary workmanship. Unbraced parapets, unbraced brick gables, and architectural ornaments fall. Roofing tiles, especially ridge tiles may be dislodged. Many unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, often falling from roof-line. Water tanks Type I burst. A few instances of damage to brick veneers and plaster or cement-based linings. Unrestrained water cylinders (hot-water cylinders) may move and leak. Some common windows cracked. Suspended ceilings damaged.
    Environment :
    Water made turbid by stirred up mud. Small slides such as falls of sand and gravel banks, and small rock-falls from steep slopes and cuttings. Instances of settlement of unconsolidated or wet, or weak soils. Some fine cracks appear in sloping ground. A few instances of liquefaction (i.e. small water and sand ejections).
    MMI VIII (Severe shaking) ?
    People Alarm may approach panic. Steering of motorcars greatly affected. Structures : Low standard buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. ordinary workmanship buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged in some cases. A few instances of damage to buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes. Monuments and pre-1976 elevated tanks and factory stacks twisted or brought down. Some pre-1965 infill masonry panels damaged. A few post-1980 brick veneers damaged. Decayed timber piles of houses damaged. Houses not secured to foundations may move. Most unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, some below roof-line, many brought down. Environment : Cracks appear on steep slopes and in wet ground. Small to moderate slides in roadside cuttings and unsupported excavations. Small water and sand ejections and localized lateral spreading adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
    MMI IX (Violent shaking) ?
    Structures Many low standard buildings destroyed. Ordinary workmanship buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes damaged in some cases, some with flexible frames seriously damaged. Damage or permanent distortion to some buildings and bridges, designed and built to normal use standards. Houses not secured to foundations shifted off. Brick veneers fall and expose frames. Environment : Cracking of ground conspicuous. Landsliding general on steep slopes. Liquefaction effects intensified and more widespread, with large lateral spreading and flow sliding adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
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